Links between grief and poor health

The other day a link to this article came on my Twitter feed, “For the brokenhearted grief can lead to death” An interesting study on the impact of grief on levels of inflammation, concluding: … grief — regardless of people’s levels of depressive symptoms — can promote inflammation, which in turn can cause negative health…

Out of the depths

(A post from a Christian perspective.)  There is a lot in the Bible about joy. “The joy of the Lord is your strength”, “happy is the people whose God is the Lord”, and so on. Many churches today emphasise these “happy messages” and sometimes equate spirituality and faith with being happy and positive. But this…

Living with loss, but living with hope

Like many others, I have been closely following the heartbreaking story of little Alfie Evans, the small child whose brain has apparently been destroyed by disease, and whose parents have fought long and hard against the removal of life support by the hospital. By the time I post this, or you read it, chances are…

Bird-watching and grief

I love watching birds. We can just see the hills of the Staffordshire Moorlands from our upstairs windows, and there’s a big country park across the road, plus we are literally on the edge of the town and the countryside then leads into the Peak District National Park. So there should be lots of birds…

Finding the stillness in grief

Longterm visitors to this blog will know that I love to walk. Walking in countryside or along the coast brings is just about my favourite activity. I tend to set myself goals for walking that push me a bit harder than I am able… so much so that finding my way and/or putting one step…